Avient: Medical TPEs without animal derivatives
Avient has added eight new grades to its healthcare portfolio of Versaflex TPEs. The injection-mouldable Versaflex HC 3810 series is formulated without animal derivatives to serve a variety of medical device applications.
“OEMs and medical moulders need high-performing material solutions for use with various medical device and healthcare applications,” said Jean-Paul Scheepens, general manager, Americas, Specialty Engineered Materials at Avient. “Rooted in the technology of our proven Versaflex portfolio, this series delivers reliable performance and expands on material options formulated without animal derivatives, an increasingly common requirement for healthcare products.”
Commercially available in North America, the new specialty Versaflex grades are translucent and offer very good colourability. They are well suited for overmoulding on polypropylene. Example applications for 20-50 Shore A grades include ergonomic grips, strain relief components, handles, gaskets, and seals. Grades in the 60-90 Shore A durometer range can be used for IV connector caps, diagnostic testing devices, endoscopic caps, and similar applications. Versaflex 3810 materials can be used with gamma and autoclave sterilszation methods. All eight grades in the new series are also ISO 10993-4 and -5, REACH SVHC, and RoHS compliant.